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[air-lis] /ˈɛər lɪs/
lacking air.
that is without fresh air; stuffy:
a dark, airless hallway.
that is without a breeze; still:
an airless July day.
Origin of airless
1595-1605; air1 + -less
Related forms
airlessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for airless
  • These pores enable the mangrove to get the air that it needs to thrive in an otherwise airless environment.
  • They were in cramped, almost airless brick compartments, being fired on from different directions.
  • Astronomers estimate the age of airless planets, moons, and asteroids by counting craters.
  • It also sloped downward, subtly but visibly, in a strange and airless clarity.
  • But he was sitting in an airless concrete-block shelter with half a dozen other fishermen, none of whom had much to do.
  • We ducked through a bright green curtain into a tiny airless room piled with books and smelling of incense and human sweat.
  • It was less than a hundred and fifty square feet-small, hot, and airless.
  • Clearly this was filmed in an airless, low-gravity environment.
  • In that case the whole atmosphere might have frozen and snowed out on the dark side, leaving the planet airless and barren.
  • It's an entire airless, lifeless world with almost no geologic activity.
British Dictionary definitions for airless


lacking fresh air; stuffy or sultry
devoid of air
Derived Forms
airlessness, noun
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